Hoka One One Bondi 5
The Hoka One One Bondi 5 promises to be a great moment for Hoka and the evolution of the Bondi road running shoe. Everything about the Bondi 5 is new, the fit, the materials used and profile of the midsole and outsole. These updates have been made on the back of consumer feedback and innovations in running shoe construction.
The Fit – The Hoka One One Bondi 5 is built on a new last that is 3mm wider at the fore-foot. This is the same new shape used on the Clifton 3 which has received rave reviews for it’s more accommodating fit. The extra 3mm of width is only across the balls which is where most people need the extra space. This has left the mid-foot and rear-foot feeling snug and secure but with space to wiggle the toes up front. The achilles and heel counter extend a little higher than Bondi 4 and this feels good. This provides a good heel hold without putting too much pressure on the achilles.
Innovation in materials – Hoka One One Bondi 5 looks nothing like Bondi 4 and this is mainly due to a complete update in the materials used and innovations in shoe upper technology. Essentially Bondi 5 will feel very familiar to runners who already use the Bondi 4. The new engineered mesh design is much more flexible and breathable. As a result Bondi 5 will fit better and not need as many runs to wear them in. The supporting overlay (thin black layer in this case) wraps around the fore-foot to provide to durability around resistance to abrasion. This combination of flexibility and structure is also light and breathable, and necessary to help keep the overall weight of the Bondi 5 down.
New tread and midsole – Hoka One One is famous for providing maximum cushioning and the Bondi 5 does exactly that. The fore-foot is 3mm wider, flex grooves have been re-positioned and there is more outsole rubber in all the right places. The extra width is designed to fit more feet but also provide more stability and support. Bondi 5 is a neutral running shoe that is stable enough to support pronated foot types. Bondi 5 has a completely new tread design, demonstrating that Hoka One One have listened to their customers by positioning more rubber around the areas that were wearing out too fast. Adding more rubber can add more weight to a running shoe. The slight increase in weight of the additional tread and outsole is balanced out by the lightweight upper materials. Good work Hoka.
The overall package is a great running shoe that will suit so many runners. The first feel is very good and they look cool, for a Hoka that is. Most importantly the function of Bondi 5 has improved. They are more supportive for pronated (rolling in) and Supinated (rolling out) foot types. The wider last will provide more stability because it creates a bigger footprint, plus and more comfort which makes for a great running shoe experience.
We really like this shoe – 9/10
Due in-store late December 2016